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JSW 2010 Vol.5(6): 565-572 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.5.6.565-572

Constructivism in Mexican Elementary School Education: Designing a Platform for Cooperative Learning

Ivan A. Garcia and Carla L. Pacheco
Technological University of the Mixtec Region/Postgraduate Department, Oaxaca, Mexico

Abstract—In Mexico, the conventional teaching approach, when applied specifically to elementary school, seems to fall short of attaining the overall quality objective. The main consequence of this problem is when teachers are not sure that their students really understand the dynamic nature of concepts and mechanism since an early age, particularly in elementary school. This paper presents a pedagogical/technological platform, based on constructivism ideas, as a means of making the learning process in elementary school more efficient and interesting. The constructivist platform presented here uses graphical simulators developed for Web 2.0 as a support tool, creating a teaching and learning environment in which practical experiments can be undertaken as each topic is introduced and explained.

Index Terms—Computer based education, pedagogy, cooperative learning, interactive platform, constructivist theory.

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Cite: Ivan A. Garcia and Carla L. Pacheco, "Constructivism in Mexican Elementary School Education: Designing a Platform for Cooperative Learning," Journal of Software vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 565-572, 2010.

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